Five Steps to Finding a Great Wedding Photographer
After hours and hours of searching online for our Wedding Photographer, I had enough already. My head was buzzing and my eyes were crossed, they all had beautiful photos, tons of awards, and great reviews. So how to choose? If only I knew then, what I know now, I could have made that decision a lot easier.
I’ve officially been in the bridal industry for eight years. I work with professional photographers on a daily basis, and I think I’ve finally realized what is most important for brides and grooms when selecting their photographer. When all is said and done, all you have at the end of the day are images from your wedding and if your really smart, video footage too. So, here’s the skinny! Five easy things to remember to ensure you get a photographer that will provide you with images you can cherish.
- Professional = Engaged in a specified activity as one’s main paid occupation.
This means, hire a pro. Not your friend and not someone with a fancy camera! I want to cry for every bride that tells me their “friend is going to shoot the wedding” for really cheap. Don’t do it. This is usually the bride that calls us asking if we know anyone that can fix bad photos. This is your wedding day, take a short cut or tighten your budget on any other area other then your wedding photography.
- Ask for Proof
Don’t be shy, ask to see the proofs from a past client. A good photographer will deliver hundreds of proofs that are fully edited. A bad photographer will deliver hundreds of proofs with 15 edited photos. Raw and dark images are no fun, make sure you hire a photographer that fully edits all of your photos.
Can’t judge a book by the cover, right? The same goes for photographers! A website offers you a quick glimpse into their photography style. If you like what you see, keep looking. Check out their blogs, their social media pages, and most importantly, #2. Ask for proof. You are buying the entire experience, not just one gorgeous photo.
- Say, Hello!
Wedding Expo’s are a great place to meet photographers. It takes only a few minutes to figure out if you mesh with someone, at an expo you can keep moving if the vibe isn’t right. Your photographer will probably spend more time by your side on your wedding day then your own wedding party. You want to be comfortable around them. Find a photographer that makes you feel calm. The more comfortable you are with your photographer, the more natural and beautiful your photos will be.
- Beware of the Awards
Just because a photographer has a lot of awards doesn’t always mean they are the best. It most likely means they spend the most money with that marketing base or the awards are a genius marketing scheme developed by the marketing company to drive traffic back to their platform. Reviews and awards are only valuable when they are unbiased and without ulterior motives. Google Reviews is still our favorite place to find honest reviews from real couples.